Obituaries
March 18, 2004 Issue

Ralph E. Bales
Rev. Ralph E. Bales, 87, of Mitchell died Saturday, March 13, 2004, at Washington County Regional Medical Center in Sandersville.

Rev. Bales, a native of Washington County, lived in Glascock County most of his life. He was the founder and senior pastor of Mitchell Full Gospel Church for 29 years. He was a farmer, carpenter, brick mason and a school bus driver. He was preceded in death by his wife, Glenice Cooper Bales.

The funeral was March 15 at 4 p.m. at the Mitchell Full Gospel Church with the Revs. Jacky Downs and Eddie Renew officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Gary Bales; two daughters, Cristal Hunnicutt and Kay Downs, all of Mitchell; two brothers, Roger Bales, Gibson, and Bill Bales, Thomson; two sisters, Ethel Wood, Thomson, and Louise McNeal, Gibson; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Ron Powell, Sam Griswold, Kent Daniel, Robert Landrum, Gene Johnson and James Moore.

Honorary pallbearers were grandsons.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


James Warren Baxter
Mr. James Warren Baxter, 39, of Houston, Texas, died Saturday, March 13, 2004, at his home following an 18-year battle with neurofibromatosis.

Mr. Baxter was a native of Louisville. He was a Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia and earned his Ph.D. in philosophy. Through his influence the Carolyn Farb Neurofibromatosis Lectureship was established at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Dr. James Wright Pilcher Sr. and Neil and Louise Baxter.

The funeral was March 15 at 2 p.m. at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Houston, with the Rev. Richard Elwood officiating and the Rev. Ed Abell assisting. Graveside services were March 16 at 4 p.m. in Louisville City Cemetery with the Rev. Pat Mahan officiating.

Survivors include his parents, Frances and Donald E. Baxter, MD; a sister Marian (Graham) Farebrother; a niece, Emma Louise Thurmond; his grandmother, Mary Frances Pilcher, Louisville; his uncles, James Wright (Grace) Pilcher, MD, Dalton, John (Janet) Pilcher, Wrens, Judge Jerry (Alice) Baxter, Atlanta, Jim (Barbara) Baxter; his aunts, Elizabeth (Robert) Gunby, MD, Dallas, Judy (Charles) Altman, Statesboro; and caregivers and friends, Billy Simpson and George Munoz.

Memorials may be made to the Texas NF Foundation, Tenerlin McClain Bldg., 6555 Sierra Dr., Irvin, TX 75039-2479.

George H. Lewis and Sons, Houston, Texas, and Southern Heritage Funeral Home, Louisville, were in charge of the arrangements.


Mary B. Foskey
Mrs. Mary B. Foskey, 87, of Wadley died Friday, March 12, 2004, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Foskey, formerly of Wrightsville, was born in Laurens County, but had lived in Wadley since 1942. She was a homemaker and a member of the Wadley United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Will Evans Sunday School Class.

Graveside services were March 15 at 11 a.m. at the Wadley Cemetery with Dr. Larry Sauls officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Wadley United Methodist Church in memory of Mrs. Mary Foskey.

Survivors include two sons, Brad (Holly) Foskey, Charlotte, NC, and Randall (Debbie) Foskey, Williamsburg, Va.; three sisters, Renard Spivey, Macon, Helen Webb, Dublin, and Edna Kaney, Macon; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Kathleen McCoy Haywood
Mrs. Kathleen McCoy Haywood, 85, of Gibson died Thursday, March 12, 2004, at Gibson Health Center of Gibson.

Mrs. Haywood was a native of Augusta and had lived her entire life in the Augusta area. She retired from Elliott Sons Funeral Home in 1985 where she was the first house manager on Lumpkin Road.

Graveside services were March 13 at 11 a.m. at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Michael Davenport officiating.

Survivors include one son, Thomas M. McCoy, Columbia; one daughter, Marie Annett Bobo, Evans; one sister, Avis Herman, Kent, Wash.; and five grandchildren.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home, Lumpkin Road, was in charge of the arrangements.


Danny Dean Sheppard
Mr. Danny Dean Sheppard, 44, of Bartow died Friday, March 12, 2004, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Sheppard, a native of Jefferson County, was the son of the late Ralph E. Sheppard. He was a member of the Josey Baptist Church.

The funeral was March 16 at 2 p.m. at Josey Baptist Church with the Rev. Inman Gerald officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her mother, Barbara Cowart, Bartow, step-father, Cleveland Cowart, Bartow; four sisters, Sandra (Wayne) Waters, Davisboro, Brenda (Joel) Cowart, Wadley, Debbie (Ronnie) Wilcher, Harrison, and Peggy Bowles, Bartow; three brothers, Everette R. (Connie) Sheppard, Harrison, Bobby R. (Dianne) Sheppard, Davisboro, and Tommy (Shirl) Cowart, Harrison; and several nieces and nephews.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Nell Barrow Walden
Mrs. Nell Barrow Walden, 79, of Matthews died Monday, March 15, 2004.

Mrs. Walden, a lifelong resident of the Matthews Community, received her education at Matthews School, Wrens High School, the Junior College of Augusta and also taught elementary school for many years. She was a lifelong member of Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and was a leader for the MYF for more than 30 years. Until her health failed, she was also an active member of the John Franklin Wren Chapter NSDAR of which she was an organizing member. She was also Chapter Regent from 1976-1978.

The funeral was March 17 at James Funeral Home Chapel at 3 p.m. with her son, Pastor Joe B. Walden Sr. officiating. Burial was in Mt. Moriah Methodist Church Cemetery. She is predeceased by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Horace Barrow, brother, Ralph Barrow, and sister, Rosa B. Hamilton.

Survivors include her husband, James W. Walden; one daughter, Lynn (Gene) Walden Williams; one son, Joe (Karen) Barrow Walden; four grandchildren, John (Pam) Walden Williams, Jennifer (Timmy) Walden Chance, Laice (Lee) Walden Newman and J. Barrow Walden Jr., all of Matthews; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sara (Herbert) Barrow Pennington and Dorothy (W.T.) Barrow Atwell, all of Matthews; one brother, W. (Maxine) Prichard Wilson, Albany; six nieces and nephews and 15 great-nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Jeff Jones, Jim Milton, Alan Rabun, Charles Stewart, Edward Prescott, Kenneth Prescott, Sam Pennington and Rowan Prescott.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Moriah Campground, Post Office Box 8, Matthews, GA 30818, or to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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